Eastern University Student Helps Fight Malaria

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Eastern University Student Helps Fight Malaria

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Kali Fairchild of Eastern U, Operation Net founder, is sending mosquito nets 2 #Haiti 2 Fight Malaria http://3bl.me/zfzd38
Monday, June 28, 2010 - 1:40pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) St. Davids, PA -June 28, 2010- Kali Fairchild, a student in Eastern University's undergraduate economic development program, is working to prevent the spread of malaria worldwide by purchasing and distributing mosquito nets through her organization, Operation Net.

Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted through mosquito bites that kills one million people every year.  Fairchild had the opportunity to learn about the disease and its effects during a two-week mission trip to Uganda in 2008.  Following her experiences there, Fairchild founded Operation Net and began a year-long fundraising initiative with the goal of raising enough money to send 1,000 mosquito nets to the people of Uganda. Mosquito nets play a very important role in controlling the disease. She surpassed that goal in just six months and raised $20,000, sending 2,000 nets to help prevent the spread of malaria.  Now she is expanding these efforts to include Haiti.

"Part of me is very encouraged, very joyful and happy to look back at the past two years.  I'm happy it's grown," says Fairchild.  "Another part of me is still very consumed with the problem." The problem is that more than one million people die every year from this very preventable and treatable disease.

"Every 30 seconds someone dies from malaria and most of these deaths are children," says Fairchild. "We are trying to raise money to buy mosquito nets through Operation Net, which only cost $10 each."  Fairchild has started a group at the Philadelphia Christian University, Eastern University, for Operation Net and participated with 30 others in a nation-wide "sleep out" to raise awareness about malaria.  The group slept outside at the University of Pennsylvania for those who have to sleep out every night with mosquitoes that might carry the disease. 

For more information on Operation Net or to make a donation, visit www.operationnet.org

To learn more about the Eastern University economic development program, visit http://eastern.edu/academic/cas/depts/business/

About Eastern University:

Eastern University is a Christian university of the arts and sciences located at 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA.  Eastern enrolls approximately 4,000 students and integrates its core values of faith, reason and justice into all of its undergraduate, graduate, professional, urban, Seminary and international programs.  Visit http://www.eastern.edu

Linda Ann Olson, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Communications

Eastern University
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087
610.225.5727 (FAX)